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Letters to the Editor, Aug. 29

Help end Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in our county. As former medical director of Rogue Community Health and a practicing physician for more than 25 years, I’ve seen the devastating impact that Alzheimer’s has on families. In Oregon, more than 63,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s disease, with more than 181,000 people caring for them.

Earlier this year, Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, Rep. Greg Walden and the entire Oregon congressional delegation voted to increase research funding for Alzheimer’s disease. They should be commended for their support, but it cannot stop there as we all have a role to play. It takes even more money to help fuel research and help more people. This is why I am part of the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease.

On Saturday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m., please join me and hundreds of Oregonians at U.S. Cellular Community Park in Medford for the Walk to End Alzheimer's. The walk is a moving, empowering event and a call to action to be leaders in this fight.

To learn more about the Walk and Alzheimer’s disease, please visit www.alz.org.

Dr. Patrick Gillette, Alzheimer’s Association board member


Rename the EPA?

Should the EPA become the Environmental Pollution Agency or remain the Environmental Protection Agency? Do we really care about human and environmental health, or not?

This is a question our federal representatives face. The Trump administration and Republicans in D.C. are promoting the pro-pollution alternative.

Trumps’ 2018 budget proposes cutting EPA funding by 30 percent and staff by 20 percent. It also proposes compromising our air and water by cutting 50 programs that protect these essential resources.

Meanwhile, the GOP-controlled Congress plans to adjust EPA policy. Regulations are being eliminated at the cost of protecting public and environmental health. Agencies are also instructed to prioritize the interests of industry (meaning profits and greed) over protection of consumers and workers.

It’s not clear what Trump and his people think they and their families will breathe or drink in the future. Paradoxically, they seem intent on poisoning their own families — all for short-term profits.

It is encouraging to know that Ashland, with its Conservation Commission and recently adopted Climate and Energy Action Plan and Talent with its clean energy plans are committed to protecting residents and the delightful environment of Southern Oregon. It would be great if other cities in the region followed suit.

Trisha Vigil


Enough is enough

Some of the U.S. presidents whose terms I've lived through weren't ones I'd wanted to see in office. Nonetheless I could think of each of them as truly being "the president" once elected and sworn in.

Now I'm ashamed and horrified at what we've put in the White House (seldom though he's there). Particularly frightening is watching him on TV with a background of his followers. All I'm reminded of is Nazi Germany.

Is this what our country is becoming? Is this his idea of making America great? It's time for the sane and sensible to send him back to Trump Tower where he can make promises he'll never keep, where he can criticize to his heart's content those whose vision of this country aren't to his liking, and can bluster away (diplomacy be damned) like the bully he is. Enough is enough.

Mary Ann Johnson


Letters to the Editor, Aug. 29